Being Prudent Thinkers

Written by Ray Smith
 

Most of us have experienced times when we have done something, before thinking about what we were doing. Or, said something without thinking beforehand about what the consequences of our words might be. It is a common human experience and sometimes we have suffered because of it.

There is a series of proverbs that counsel us to be prudent thinkers. – To think before we speak. – To evaluate a situation before we act. – To try and foresee the outcome of what we do or say.

# “The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways” (Proverbs 14:8).

# “A prudent man gives thought to their steps ” (Proverbs 14:15).

# “Every prudent person acts out of knowledge ” (Proverbs 13:16).

# “You who are simple gain prudence
     You who are foolish, gain understanding” (Proverbs 8:5).

# “A prudent person sees danger, and takes refuge,
     but the simple keep going and suffer for it” (Proverbs 22:3).

Prudence is a word or concept that has largely gone out of vogue. But, if prudence is necessary, it is important to have a handle on what it actually means. How is prudence defined?

Prudence means being smart in acting and thinking. “Having the smarts” “Exercising good judgment and good sense”.

Prudence is the “cousin” of knowledge and the ” partner ” of wisdom.

“Proverbs” tells us “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence” (Prov 8:12). They live together in the same house!

And, when wisdom and prudence act together they produce the best outcomes.

PRAYER:

Father please bless my words and actions today that they may be characterised by prudence and wisdom.
As children go back to school this week, may they be protected and encouraged.
As home groups “open up” this week, may they experience a freshness in fellowship.
Please bless our pastor Ange, as she takes leave in the next few weeks. May she be strengthened and refreshed in her innermost being.
Please continue to use the “streaming” of our services, that everyone feels connected and we are an open door for viewers to connect with us in the future.

SONG: ” Seek ye first the kingdom of God “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LMQfOp9w8k

 

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